The Sarah Carlisle Towery Alabama Art Colony will get highlighted as a part of the Living History Cemetery Tour on April 13.
Towery, an Alexander City artist and teacher, will be one of the featured figures during the tour. The annual art colony started in 1992 as a birthday gift to Towery, who along with her artist friends were invited to paint at Lake Martin. The event continued every year since.
Mary Perry, who will play Towery, said she likes her character’s love for art and teaching.
“She taught kindergarten here in Alex City for a number of years,” Perry said. “She had a room in her home where she taught kindergarten and art classes and she was very encouraging to everyone. She felt like there was a great work in everyone and wanted to draw out the best of everybody, so she was a truly encouraging lady.”
Perry said she looks forward to the cemetery tour and hearing all of the figures’ stories.
“I think I kind of look a little bit like her,” Perry said. “I hope that people will find that I portray her with a great deal of accuracy and with the same manor in which she would live.”
The event also features an art show at The Mill Two Eighty with more than 30 artists displaying and selling their works, from pottery to jewelry, paintings, photographs, folk art and more. The art show will open at 8 a.m. and is open to the public free of charge. Artists from across Alabama will take part in the show.
Wristband tickets for the cemetery tour portion of the event can be purchased at the art show at $20 for adults and $10 for students. Transportation will be provided from The Mill Two Eighty to the cemetery for the guided tour and back to The Mill Two Eighty. Tours will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. In case of rain on April 13, the cemetery tour portion of the event will be held at the Alexander City Theatre II Fine Arts Center at 216 Tallapoosa St.
Editorial staff at Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc., researched the lives of the cemetery characters and drafted the scripts. The actors added their own research to their characters.
Sponsors for the event include Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc., Robinson Iron, Holley’s Home Furnishings, Frohsin’s, Central Alabama Community College, Main Street Alexander City, Lion’s Club, the City of Alexander City and Radney Funeral Home.